Welcome to your local community theatre!
We’ve been in Sliema now for over 110 years, stimulating interest in the performing arts for younger people, nurturing local talent and involving ourselves in the lives of our community. When local philanthropist Alphonse Maria Galea laid the foundation stone back then in 1907 he was laying down the roots of a building that would be closely linked to thousands of lives in the Sliema area. Generations of Maltese people, some of whom eventually became Atturi Salesjani, have acted on our stage, built sets, sewn costumes and painted scenery and their sons and daughters have followed after them.
The building has changed a bit since those early days; the stage has grown, new seats were put in, the bar moved around and the shows we put on have changed too. We now open our arms not only to the local community but also to the world. International artists and companies have performed here most notably The Globe Company from London. We always try to vary our programme at Teatru Salesjan so there really is something for everyone. Music-lovers can listen to top-class jazz from Jes Psaila and Luke Briffa, classical music from world-renowned soprano Miriam Cauchi, original compositions from composer Alex Vella-Gregory and, at the cutting edge of modern Maltese music, Red Electrick and the fully femmetastic Fuzz Honeys. Alongside these established performers we also encourage young up and coming artists to try out new material in front of an audience for the first time.
A community with a passion
Teatru Salesjan was built as a classic proscenium-arch theatre but over the years we have adapted the large auditorium by removing the seats. We have created many different playing-spaces from an intimate cabaret-style venue to a Depression-era Speakeasy. We have a large tiled foyer area which leads on one side into our bar and on the other to our outdoor terrace. Whatever your event Teatru Salesjan can be adapted to answer any need.
Teatru Salesjan functions as a non-governmental, voluntary, and not for profit organisation, forming part of the mission of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Malta. This theatre is made possible thanks to a myriad of generous volunteers, who work side by side with the Salesian community in making the true nature of the theatre happen.
Teatru Salesjan is supported by Arts Council Malta through a Cultural Partnership Agreement.
11 organisations and festivals active in the cultural and creative sectors have been selected to become Arts Council Malta’s strategic partners during the years 2017-2019. Between them, these entities will receive a total of over one million euro through the Cultural Partnership Agreement during the coming three years. In return, they will be required to further the Council’s strategic aims as laid out in the Strategy2020.
This three-year partnership will provide a stable support for Teatru Salesjan to plan ahead, grow, develop and deliver Arts Council Malta’s strategic goals primarily addressing creative professionals and communities.